North goes yard on Hawks

SUWANEE — North Gwinnett hit three home runs in the third inning and another in the fifth inning to beat Mill Creek 6-0 Tuesday night.

Starting pitcher Hannah Harrison was the winning pitcher for the Bulldogs as she pitched a complete game gem, allowing just four hits and striking out 11.

“We’ve really been working on our pitch selection,” North head coach Randy Black said. “When we see a good first pitch we are coming out swinging and the girls really jumped on them in that third inning.”

After two scoreless innings Kaitlan Andrews led off the third with a solo home run to right center. After a pair of singles put runners on first and second, Moriah Strotter hit a towering three-run shot to left center that made the score 4-0. On the very next pitch Kensley Jennings belted a home run of her own to give the Bulldogs a commanding 5-0 lead, which was more than enough for Harrison. Draven Sonnen added another solo home run in the fifth inning for the sixth and final run.

Mill Creek (9-4,4-3) threatened in the fifth and sixth innings as they loaded the bases each time. However, Harrison battled out of trouble and kept the shutout intact.

“She had a slight back injury earlier today,” Black said. “But she really battled and she was great today.”

Hannah Adams reached base three times to lead Mill Creek offensively.

North Gwinnett (13-2, 7-2) will play in a tournament at Lanier today before a showdown with No. 1 ranked Collins Hill on Thursday.